Heart of Queensland 2022
TUESDAY 26 JULY to SUNDAY 31 JULY 2022
iButton Events has created a unique package which will show case the finest in the “Heart of Queensland.”
5 night’s accommodation at either Longreach Motor Inn or Saltbush Retreat Outback Cabins
All meals - breakfast, lunches & dinners
All entry fees
Alcohol at some events, otherwise a cash bar is available
Outback Dan as your personal host
Flights to Longreach
Tuesday 26 July
Arrive Longreach, be greeted at 2pm to start the tour
Smithy’s drovers sunset cruise on the Thomson River & dinner
Meet Outback Dan your personal host
WEDNESDAY 27 July
Tour of Cattle spelling yards & saleyards
Tour of Dr Arratta Museum & Cassimatis Store Museum in Muttaburra
Dinner on top of spectacular Mt Mitchell at ‘Weewondilla’
THURSDAY 28 July
Tour at Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame including the Stockman’s Show
Tour of Distance Education School
Tour of Longreach Powerhouse museum
Qantas Luminescent Light Show
FRIDAY 29 JULY
Tour the Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Lunch on Incredible embankment
Tour of Winton
Intimate dinner in Longreach to reflect on tour to date
SATURDAY 30 JULY
Tour of working sheep property ‘Evanston’
Experience an authentic paddock to plate experience
Tour of ‘Camden Park Station’ and dinner in the Woolshed
SUNDAY 31 July
Final breakfast to reflect on the tour
Qantas Founders Outback Museum and plane tour
TUESDAY 26 JULY 2022
If you’re flying in you will touch down on the tarmac at Longreach just after 2pm. “Outback Dan” will be your personal host for of the tour and he will greet you and show some of Longreach's iconic landmarks, before you check into your accommodation at either Longreach Motor Inn or Saltbush Retreat Outback Cabins.
The colours of the outback come alive at sunset as you glide down the Thomson River aboard the Longreach Explorer for Smithy’s Drovers Sunset Cruise. Take in and capture the sweeping 360-degree views of the river and floodplain. As the vibrant sunset colours fade into starlight, we’ll dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. We will transfer you back to your accommodation for a restful night.
WEDNESDAY 27 JULY 2022
The day will start with a tour of the Longreach Saleyards. You will see first-hand how technology is innovating selling cattle and admire a best practice sale yard that has been implementing modern ways in sale and spelling yards.
Then the day is all about unearthing the surprises of Muttaburra – and there are many! For a town with a population of 70 what you will experience here is truly incredible!
To start with, Muttaburra is the gazetted centre of Queensland. We will tour the Dr Arratta Museum, which houses an array of historical medical artefacts and the Cassimatis General Store & Cottage – these buildings showcase the contribution of one of the many early pioneering Greek families.
On our way to the replica of the Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni, which has a new home in the Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre, we’ll explore the amazing sculptures of the town that showcase the talent of the local artistic community.
As we head back towards Longreach we’ll stop at stunning Mt Mitchell. You will again be memorised by the views. Enjoy a cold twilight drink while witnessing the stunning beauty of Western Queensland. Once the sun dips below the horizon, we will have a three course, sit down, silver service dinner under a blanket of stars.
Thursday 28 July 2022
The day will start at the Longreach School of Distance Education where you will tour one of the world’s largest classrooms. Meet some of the students and understand their lives as they share their experiences of home and school life. We will then venture to Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum. This museum is unique in that it houses an electrical industry collection second to none and of National significance.
We will then head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame for lunch before enjoying the Outback Stockman’s Live Show, the Museum and the cinematic experience. Be immersed in the pioneering stories and experiencing the history of the area through the voices of the many unsung heroes of the Australian Bush.
We will have dinner at the historic Wellshot Hotel in Ilfracombe before the Luminescent Light Show at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum. This spectacular night time light and sound experience is designed to delight, entertain, inform and move.
Friday 29 July 2022
On Friday we will jump in the bus and head north west to the incredible Australian Age of Dinosaurs the home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. It offers world-class, interactive guided tours for everyone to enjoy. Tours are split between three sites: the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, the Reception Centre with its Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon. We will be doing the Ultimate Dinosaur Tour and the lunch venue is stunning and the view worth every km!
We will return to Longreach for some free time and there will then be an opportunity to explore Longreach with a free hour or two. Discover the main street of Longreach, ‘buy from the bush’ at one of many quality local retailers or further relax back at your accommodation. We will then gather together for an exclusive dinner at The Branch to reflect on the past few days.
SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022
Today, we will head to “Evanston” for some generous country hospitality and an opportunity to learn about primary production. Savour a delicious cup of tea and smoko, before having a tour of the property and hearing about exclusion fencing and the benefits it has bought these producers. Back at the homestead we will enjoy a truly unique paddock to plate experience – a delicious lunch of lamb, produced, prepared and cooked right here at Evanston! There will be a cold drink or two too before heading off to Ilfracombe.
At Ilfracombe, those who wish to can enjoy wandering through the Great Machinery Mile a huge display of agricultural equipment; from standing engines to earthmoving machinery.
We will then be welcomed to Camden Park Station where you will tour of the working property and share an amazing dinner with a cold beverage in the Camden Park Shearing Shed.
Sunday 31 July 2022
We will start the day with an intimate breakfast where we can firm up new friendships while enjoying your final Western Queensland wonders.
We will then go and spend a couple of hours at the Outback Founders Museum, which tells the story of Australia’s national airline, from its birth in Outback Queensland to present day. The tour includes the 747 experience & super constellation tour as well as museum entry. We will have lunch at the museum before heading to the terminal for your plane departure to Brisbane.